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Richard Baldwin, Skip Robinson, and Doug Beaver
Gallasch Muscle Video V-131 Richard Baldwin, Skip Robinson, Doug Beaver
Produced and filmed by Wayne Gallasch
62 minutes in length
This video features three heavyweights posing on the beach in the early1980s. All are clean-shaven, and display great arms -- triceps especially. The only drawback of the video is a strange foreign Muzak score -- you might want to turn the sound off, since it's silent anyway.
Richard Baldwin was an AAU Mr. America, and remains the best known of these BBs. He's got dark short hair and the round face of a young Roman emperor. He's more an aesthetic BB than a muscle monster, showing nice lines and fine competition shape. He starts out in a yellow tank top that's not on long. A few pushups precede spring exercises for his arms. He's ripped, with great muscle tone, flawless skin and extreme cuts. Then he does cable pull-ups from the ground (he's standing on the other end of the cable -- all three guys do this). He never smiles, and rarely looks at himself. A lot of the shots are headless, with his torso and arms leaning into the camera. Arm shots are the best here, but his abs are shown to good effect. It's easy to see why he went so high in competition. The last listed competition I could find on him is the 1988 NPC Southern States contest, where he took first middleweight.
Skip Robinson looks like a young Peter Fonda with muscles. He has scruffy long hair that blows in the breeze. He starts out in a red T-shirt and sunglasses, but they are soon off. A USMC tattoo is on one upper arm. He leaves his pants and leather belt on for a while, oiling himself up. Later he shifts to a yellow boxer swimsuit, and finally a black posing suit. The stretch cable shows off his massive chest and arms. He looks thick in the gut till he turns sideways, where his abs get better exposed. Roadmap veins pop out on his shoulders and biceps as he works the cables. He flexes each arm one by one. As the camera pulls back, he hits the sort of poses Zane popularized in the late '70s. He smiles occasionally, but has a faraway look as he gazes into the distance, working to hit his poses. Emphasis is on his pumped arms, front and side views. After he does pushups, the shots of his torso and arms are chilling. His arms have character, with a distinctive look improved by the tattoo. Even with other body parts thrown in, including great shots of his abs, arms are his forte and he always goes back to them. This is a sustained look at an outstanding BB of the period, who competed in the AAU until 1986, when he took first in the medium (height) class at the Mr. World competition.
Gallasch saves the best for last. Doug Beaver is a monster, with immense arms, chest, back, quads -- the works. He's got short dark hair,with sideburns to bottom of ear. Throughout the film he grins at the camera, and appears to be having fun. He starts oiling up, with the camera on each body part as he rubs and flexes it. He's in competition shape, with great cuts, a narrow waist and speed-bump abs. Each body part looks like his best as he displays it. His arms get huge as they pump up from the cables. The shots of his biceps and triceps are classic -- some of the best I've seen. After ten minutes of cable work, Doug moves on to flexing and posing. A woman helps him oil his back, chest, and abs -- he flexes while she oils him. Her stature next to him makes him look even bigger. Now he's on his own again, in a black posing suit. His posing is excellent; he hits his poses dramatically, showing off all he's got. His "most muscular" crab shot is a heart stopper (and he won the "most muscular" award at the 1976 AAU Junior Mr. America). Great back, traps, legs, you name it he's got it. It's a crime this guy is not better known now; he last appeared in the 1983 NPC Masters Nationals, where he took the 3rd heavyweight award.
A great tape, strongly recommended.
Mike Emery 1999,
updated Oct. 2001
(Video stills used by permission of copyright holder, Wayne Gallasch, with all rights reserved. They may not be reposted without his permission.)